My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Monday

And I’m not going to work. Tee hee hee.

Yes, I’m rubbing it in.

I got a large number of entries for the April contest, 375, to be exact. So many so, that I decided to draw two names at random and give away two copies of Dale Book 126. See? I’m a nice girl. Don’t believe what you hear.

The winners are:

Jo of JoKnits! and Julianne in Seattle.

Congrats to you both! Your prizes will be mailed by mid-week.

Cotton Bucket Hat

Because I was so remiss about photos of my works in progress on Friday, I felt guilty all weekend and had no fun at all. (Does anyone believe that?) so here, in all its lilac glory, is the start of the bottoms-up bucket hat:

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Colinette Poncho

Because I was so remiss about photos of my works in progress on Friday (see above) here’s a photo of the completed Colinette poncho:

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Mmmmmmmm, yummy colors! I’ll post a photo later in the week of it being worn.

This is a very fast knit, as Kristine told me after she completed hers. I knit most of the second half of it Saturday night, while watching the movie “School of Rock” (which I recommend, by the way).

A nice thing about this design is that I’ve got lots of yarn leftovers! I weighed each of the six balls of yarn, and they all weighted more than 50 grams –more than half the skein. All but the Zanziba — there was about a third of a skein left of that. So one could easily make a second poncho if one wanted to purchase another skein of Zanziba. One could trade one’s leftovers with a friend!

Oh, and I did finish the first Flora sleeve. Here is a photo.

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So Flora is on vacation too. Until Wednesday at 4:00pm, when she undergoes surgery on her uncut sleeve steek.

Checkerboard Shell

I started something new, too. This:

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This is an Ann Norling pattern — “Checkerboard Shell.” Here’s a photo from the pattern:

norlingshell Monday

I’m knitting it from Noro Lily yarn, which is a 70/30 cotton/silk blend in a dk weight. Hot pink color. Yarn and pattern purchased at Knit Happens.

Here’s a close-up of the basketweave stitch:

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The yarn is quite nice to knit. The silk adds a nice sheen to the knitted fabric.

Friday’s Comments

You may have noticed a post in my comments for Friday’s entry from an individual calling himself Austin. As clarification, Austin emailed me a while back, identifying himself as being 14 years old (though I didn’t know his gender until he left the snotty response to Vanessa’s comment addressing his first comment on Friday). This, I think, explains the somewhat childish and petulant tone of his comment, as well as the errors. When he contacted me the first time he said he had chosen me to act as his “knitting mentor.” For the record, I’ve responded to his emails, however, if I remember correctly, he emailed me from a Yahoo email address, not the address he listed in his comments. So perhaps he didn’t get them, or for some reason chose to ignore them.

No doubt there are other people who feel the same way about me as Austin does. You are entitled to your opinions.

However, I’d like to point out that my blog does not reflect my entire life, just a small slice of it. I almost never talk about my job, because I don’t think it’s appropriate content here, and because I work for a federal agency that has lately been in the limelight for a major initiative we are undertaking. But for all of you who don’t think you’re getting your money’s worth from me:

This is a personal website. You are not paying me anything to read it. No one is paying me to write it. No one is paying me to answer questions or figure out knitting problems. I do not consider myself a “knitting goddess,” just someone who loves to knit.

I am away from my home for work a minimum of eleven hours every weekday. I have a pretty demanding job that requires my attention and concentration during the day. I am my own sole support and don’t have a cook, or cleaning person, or any kind of help of that sort.

For over a year, my blog has been getting over 2 million hits a month, and in the month of March 2004, it went over 2.5 million. I know that a whole lot of that is repeat traffic, but that’s a lot of people reading me every day.

And I get email. Boy, do I get email. On a slow day I get 50-75 emails from people wanting help. Some of them I can help, some I can’t. A lot of people are asking me to search for patterns for them, decipher someone else’s pattern (rather than email the pattern author), or tell them what a certain yarn that I’ve never used is like. Those questions I can’t answer. The ones I can, I do.

So in the few hours of leisure time I have each day, I answer emails, take photos of my work, write my blog entry, work on my current charitable cause. Run errands, prepare meals, clean house. Oh, and try to get some knitting in. And maybe some sleep.

And in response to my alleged selfishness? I knit plenty for other people. I just don’t blog about knitting things for others, because many of the people I knit for read my blog, and I like my gifts to be surprises whenever possible. Duh. Not that who I knit for is anyone’s business anyway.

The friend who bought yarn for me to knit her a scarf has received gifts from me of a Dale of Norway sweater, a fair isle sweater, as well as several pairs of socks, mittens, and a Booga bag.

I donate to charity, and in the past year have hosted or cohosted three charity projects to which I contributed considerable time and expense. And oh yeah, I give stuff away every month in my contests.

I think Austin’s comment is a perfect example of why some children should not be allowed to use the internet without parental supervision. And Austin? That comment is going on your Permanent Record!

Of course, for every self-centered moron out there there are many more wonderful people. The online knitting community, for the most part, is a great place and I’ve met so many amazing people and made some wonderful friends. I’m not planning on leaving. I like it here.

So to all the Austins out there, I say a hearty “Bite me!”

Thank you for reading. For those of you who are still with me here — a picture of my Lucy.

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Critter Knitters!

Check out the blankets received page! And while you’re at it, check out the prize page!

Comments

  1. Wendy – good reply to Austin, although to be perfectly honest, I don’t think he deserved a response. You do not, repeat, do not need to defend yourself! I get so angry at those who feel you somehow “owe” them something. I, for one, appreciate your blog and all the free advice I get from it. Please keep it up – many of us out here get so much enjoyment and inspiration from it. Thank you!

  2. Hi, I’m a long-time reader of your blog. I’m fifteen, and male, and I’d just like to say I represent the rest of the teenage male knitters, and we thank you for giving Austin an expulsion. He does not represent our, well, at least my, state of mind, and please please don’t use him to judge the rest of us. And thanks again!

  3. Wendy – you and the gorgeous Lucy rock! Whether it’s one post a week or ten, I consider myself very lucky to be able to read you at all. Many thanks for sharing your talents and your kitty.

  4. As another teen- but 17 and f- i agree that not all of us are like Austin! I consider your blog to be a wonderful peice of inspiration and it has endless ideas. I esp. love Lucy- she looks very similar to my cats, who are also ragdolls. Keep up the awesome work!

  5. Hear, hear. A weblog is a place to share, not necessarily an open invitation for constant influx of individual pleas for help. When I get them, I answer them if I have time and if I haven’t answered the question on my site. Otherwise, they go unanswered. And while some people share all the intimate details about their lives on their weblogs, not everybody else does. It’s rather narrow-minded to judge people based upon the tone of e-mails and/or what is shared on a weblog. There’s a whole more lot to it, slappy.

    Knit on, Wendy. And in case you’re wondering, you are a “knitting goddess” in my eyes because you have talents to which I aspire. Please, keep sharing!

    Re knitting: I love the color of your bucket hat. That is a very royal looking lilac. And your Colinette poncho…oh la laaaaaaa! That is something you could wear on casual days at the office. I remember it being practically ARCTIC weather during the summer inside those fed offices. Helloooooooo full blast air conditioning!

  6. Hi to Lucy from our cat, Puff (see my URL for her pic).

    That poncho looks lovely and the pink tank is going to be stunning!

    Kudos on your website from a recent new reader.

  7. hope you have a fabulous week off :-)

  8. Thank you for being you. I read you every morning while having my cuppa. I’m a fairly new knitter who hasn’t tackled color work (except for stripes) yet, but plan to before the end of this year. Keep on keepin on, and have a wonderful spring cleaning week.

  9. Not a knitting goddess? Pish posh!!!! The youth of today is so ignorant of greatness. Keep on knitting and blogging about whatever the heck you want!!

  10. I was glad to see you blog this morning — even though you are on “vacation”. I was also amused to see the prolific amount of knitting you accomplished. So much for the house cleaning! You’re a woman after my own heart.

  11. The Ann Norling shell is a great pattern.

  12. Hip,hip,hooray, Wendy! But, you left something out.You spend countless hours loving and caring for Lucy! Your poncho is beautiful!

  13. I agree with Dorothy, sweetie: Austin certainly did not deserve a response, but I can see how someone like that might get under your skin. This is a GREAT blog — it’s one of the first things I read every morning, and not just because Foley makes me go here so he can gaze fondly upon the pix of Lucy. :-)

    Have a wonderful vacation. Me, I’m off to the bit mines. :-(

  14. Well said Wendy!! (although not necessary to defend yourself) Enjoy your week.. we will enjoy it vicariously though your blog *grin*

    Knit on sister!

    Mia

  15. Well at least you can chalk up the childishness to a child… It amazes me how the internet brings out the snot in so many people.
    I’m also knitting a shell with Noro Lily right now and I love it. I want MORE!

  16. Aren’t 14 year old boys charming? I teach them-and you ran into a dud. Girl-I enjoy your blog-I read it with the sole purpose of enjoyment. Enough said.

  17. I’m a relatively new reader of your blog and I’m totally hooked, I love it! I agree with all of the above comments, you do an amazing amount of stuff, we love whatever you want to write and you don’t owe anyone anything!

  18. Bettina in Denmark says:

    Wendy, you know that we are a lot out here that simply loves your blog. And adore your work. Enjoy your week off and keep knitting a lot of great things for us to drool over ;-)

  19. Wendy,

    I became a reader of your blog after learning more about Critter Knitters. I live in NYC and plan to join the group knitting events for supporting the charity. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and though I am no where near your level as a knitter (fair isle scares the crap out of me right now!) I enjoy checking in on you and Lucy and admiring your work.

    I seem to run into folks who want to get others down all of the time. Sounds like your attitude toward this whole thing is right on. Just keep on keeping on and being as happy as you can be.

    Thank you for your work on this blog and your willingness to help others.

  20. So sorry you had to get a post from someone like Austin. Felt the need to post to say I try to read several of my favorite knitting blogs daily – as a very busy/overworked professional life often gets in the way so I don’t always succeed but your blog is the only one I do read daily no matter what. I’m a committed/addicted/fast Fair Isle knitter but have “second sleeve” syndrome. Because of your list for the Ingeborg I know I’ll finish that one in a short period of time and will credit you (and Lucy) with it reaching completion. Like others have said “you go girl” and thanks for sharing what you choose to share of your knitting life with us.

  21. Hi Wendy:

    You just don’t have any idea how good you make people feel. Your blog is one of the first places I go to each morning to see what you have been up to. You are not only talented, you are entertaining and there are many, many people who look forward to reading you every day.

    It is a shame about Austin but he should not spoil it for a “lot of good kids” out there. And, they are out there.

    Your poncho, and Flora are fabulous.

    Miss Lucy is looking your “10″ today.

  22. I think it is amazing that you are willing to share your time and talent with all of us. It infuriates me that people like Austin have the nerve to make rude comments to someone as generous as you are. I just hope people like him don’t ruin it for the rest of us who get so much from your blog everyday and look forward to it so much.

  23. YOU GO GIRL!!! However, I agree with Dorothy.
    I enjoy reading your blog, I read it every day before I head out into the world.
    Thank you for being you and sharing with the world.

  24. Wendy…I have a passion for knitting and a demanding job as well. I read your blog everyday as a one of my guilty pleasures. I probably wouldn’t have started knitting my first Dale of Norway design had I not been inspired by your version of Lillehammer. I should have said thank you long ago. THANK YOU.

  25. Tevilla Riddell says:

    Hmmm, first of all have a great week off.

    Knitting Goddess? I am not sure what that means but an inspiration? Yes–and here is how in my little life: I knit faster and have just purchased on eBay a fair isle kit. I stretch myself in my knitting projects because of what I read here.

    I bought the Canon EOS Digital after seeing your pictures. I had been looking at it for months and finally made the jump.

    But most of all, a week ago Saturday we added a third kitty to to mix–from Furever Friends Adoption. She is a sweet little 7 month old declawed and spayed ball of fire that is in our home because of Lucy. I realized by reading about Lucy how much MORE love I (and my husband) had to give to another cat. Molly was returned to the adoption agency (WHY?? We still don’t get it!) and we grabbed her up right away. My two male cats are learning to live with her and she has brought love and laughter to our house. Thanks for sharing Lucy’s life with us. It made me understand how many cats there are out there that need homes.

    Thanks for sharing your life, even just a slice of it.

  26. Hi Wendy – I too love your blog; it’s one of my “comfort” sites! :) Don’t let the bedbugs get you down… Cheerio!

  27. I am 13 and read your blog everyday and i love it i do belive your reply to austin was very well said and in a correct manner if you do not agree with what a person has to say keep quiet, love your blog keep up the great work wendy!!

    Jocelyn

  28. Wendy, way to give that kid his due. When I arrive at my office, I turn on the computer, scan the emails, then access the web and head straight for wendyknits. You’ve generously responded to my few queries and continue to instruct and inspire. Thanks. I’ll hope to bump into you when I make it up to Knit Happens for a poncho kit!

  29. You are indeed a knitting goddess! Not only does the amount you knit make me dizzy – your lovely work makes me want to weep! And I thank my lucky stars that you give of yourself so freely — if I had to pay to have you as a mentor/inspiration, I could not afford it!

  30. Wendy ROCKS! One can never be to rich, to thin, or have to many sweaters. Master Austin seems like a snotty little brat. I always try to look at the positive and in this case it probably is a good thing Austin is a snotty little brat because he is going to need all the help he can get on the playground as a fourteen year old male knitter……

  31. Wendy…have a really, really, REALLY *great* week off!

    Hugs!

  32. wendy – that checkerboard top is a ton of springtime fun! keep on knittin…(and sharing it with us, of course!)

  33. another Wendy says:

    Wendy, I too love your blog! I wasn’t planning to say this, (because it makes me look like a big-time brown-noser), but your blog has been my home page for several months now. I love reading it every day and I’m truly amazed you have the time to do all you do and still knit so fast. Bravo!

  34. Others have posted messages that express their support/appreciation for your blog said it better than I can; however, ‘bad’ messages often seem to carry more weight than ‘good’ ones! So to try and counter the Austin’s of the world – your blog is a wonderful daily beginning to my day! Thank you for taking the time to share your love of knitting with us!

  35. I hope that the Knitting Goddess you are gets to enjoy her week off! :)

  36. Wendy, I’m so *over* the Austin thing. Glad you are too.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled knitting. The poncho is gorgeous. I am seriously tempted… but trying to save my energies for Ingeborg. And the Noro Lily looks yummy.

    Enjoy your week off! I’m sure Lucy will love your vacation week too!

  37. Dorothy said it very well in the very first slot, so I won’t reiterate. I will say I’m glad to see that there are teenagers knitting, even if they don’t all have the best manners. Sooner or later everyone has to learn how to treat people. Hopefully life will teach Austin such lessons gently, rather than the hard way.

    It almost looks like you could wear your poncho over Flora, the colors seem similar on my monitor. I guess that would be too warm even for summer in D.C. though. ;-)

  38. Sounds like he’s just a troll, trying to stir up an argument.

    Also, a doodyhead.

  39. I heart wendyknits.net!

  40. You’re a hero in my book – not just a knitting hero. I love to read your blog. I love your generosity of spirit and knowledge. I love your sense of humor. I love your writing style. Keep up the good work! I’m behind you 150% Have a great week off. My love to Lucy.

  41. Tee hee Austin.

    LOVE THE PONCHO! Bring it Wed., we can take poncho twin photos! :)

    Um, love the checkerboard shell too, dang it. Another thing to add to things I must knit…..will the list ever end? :)

  42. One question: What was the contest answer? I’m wondering if I got it right or not! :)

  43. OK, just one more thing about that Austin guy: He’s no longer your “fair isle supporter”–um, what on earth is that? Is it anything like an athletic supporter? What a creep.

  44. You’re an inspiration and a encouragement to this old-ish lady knitter. I find you generous with your time and goodies far above what “I” would ever be. Have a great week off work!!

  45. Janice in GA says:

    I’m another “repeat visitor.” I’m constantly amazed at how much you’re able to get done and how well you do it all. Like that basketweave — my little squares *never* look that neat! :-) But I can look at how it *should* look and say to myself, “Hmm, maybe I can do that too.” And all your fo’s — sometimes I think “If Wendy can complete all those sweaters, maybe I actually can finish one or two.” :-)

    But don’t ever let knitting feel like a burden to you. You know the scenario — “I can’t disappoint my fans!” I’m sure you’re much more mature than that. Just do what you love and enjoy it, and we enjoy it along with you.

    Very best wishes, and THANKS for sharing with all of us out here in internet-land.

  46. jo morgan says:

    From another teacher of 14-year-olds — they have a lot to learn. Nuff said!

    I discovered knitting blogs in October and after visiting bunches of them, settled in with you, Joe and Lisa as regular reads. Your knitting is an inspiration and I appreciate that you add to your blog so consistently! Thank you from a grateful reader! Hugs, Jo

  47. Your blog was the first I ever read (never even heard of blogs until 3 months ago) and your knitting was/is very inspirational. 0nly someone so young would think you (we adults) have no other life than the blog life we share. Thanks for the great answer to the ‘child’, for a great blog and for sharing your very busy life with other knitters.

  48. Thank you Wendy. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Your knitting inspires me – see second 2 color FO here: http://theknitlette.typepad.com/photos/finished_objects/lusekoftecap2.html

    I seriously would probably never have tried it if it weren’t for your blog. I love it and am so glad I did!

    You make me laugh. Lucy is cute as a button. I am very pleased to see the “non-austin-tatious” teen knitters coming forward in comments. The fact that there are teens who knit, and moreover teen boys who knit gives me hope for the world.

  49. You go, Wendy! I am one of the millions who visit your blog almost daily. I get so much inspiration, laughter, information, not to mention Miss Lucy — I just can’t imagine my life without my daily fix of Wendy Knits! Please know that for every “Austin” there are millions of others who adore and admire you!

  50. I don’t post a lot but want to thank you for all that you do. Your’s is the first blog I ever read and I am amazed with how much you do helping others, and answering questions from less-experienced knitters. An excellent example it the Ingeborg knit-along and the message board for it. And the critter blanket knit-along. All those things take time. If you answered every question and email you get you’d never have time to knit. Austin was way out of line. From someone else who also is the sole support [for me and my dog] and knows how little time there is to do the things I want to do, thanks!

  51. After reading everyone’s comments today –

    I bet Austin wouldn’t want to be in the same room with all of us. Har!

  52. It’s all great but I am particularly in love with that Collinette poncho. WOW!

  53. I think Austin needs a butt whuppin’ real bad.

    Lolly (volunteering to coordinate the I-cord cat o’ nine tails knitalong) ;-)

  54. Wendy K. says:

    Lolly:

    You had me laughing outloud at my desk! Co-worker asked, and I found my self trying to explain I-cord to a non-knitter. Say, don’t I remember reading somewhere that the “I” in I-cord stands for “idiot”? How apropos!

    BTW, Wendy, I start my day of blog reading at your page. And you’ve inspired me to push myself skills-wise.

    Wendy

  55. Knitting,as always,is superb.

    Never any need to justify yourself…ever.
    I don’t usually answer questions because a] who has the time ?,b]life’s too short – see a] and isn’t that what Google is for ?

    Cheers !

  56. Wendy – well said. Austin is a poopyhead. Now I’m sticking my tongue out at him.

    I’m hoping to send you guys a blanket or two soon! I think this is such a great cause!

    And your poncho is fabulous. Can’t wait to see it modeled!

  57. You go girlfriend!!!!

    Knit on!

    P.S. Love your poncho!!!

  58. Not that you need anyone to tell you this, but quite simply, “Girl You Rock!”

    Thanks for sharing a little piece of your life with us. I enjoy your blog and it has expanded not only my knitting horizons but my charitable ones as well. And who couldn’t enjoy an adorable picture of a kitty almost every day!

  59. Juliette says:

    Austin illustrates that there is a case to be made against ignorant, bombastic teenagers with a computer and an attitude. He is steeping in self-hatred. Pity.

  60. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  61. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  62. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  63. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  64. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  65. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  66. E J Michel says:

    oh wendy, what a dweeb he is!

    your answers on your blog today were great – and so much more that we need to know –

    i echo everything good that has been said above here today – your blog is always so honest and true and full of good knitting vibes… where would we be in the morning without our wendy fix?

    hmm that tank looks really good for wearing under a jacket in a cold office… maybe ill be tempted to knit something for myself for a change.

    thank you thank you thank you for sharing yourself and your knitting with us in your inspiring blog

    ejmichel

  67. E J Michel says:

    i REALLY didnt mean for that last post to repeat itself… its been one of those days at the office.

    ugh

  68. That guy is a tool, obviously.

    Also, fair isle knitting is your HOBBY, that’s why you have made so many…plus, all of them are just SO COOL!!

    I only knit for myself now…especially after reading the article on that topic on knitty.com. Plus, I made two scarves for people during Christmas (and they were so nice), and both scarves have been lost!!!!! Ugh.

    Anyway, I love your blog. Don’t let some dork make you feel like you owe anybody an explanation about what you do with your free time…you don’t.

  69. Wow. I just had a bad Junior High School flashback. Give that boy a wedgie.

    I love you, I love your blog. I also LOVE Flora as in, I have to make one. Right after I finish my Elephant Waistcoat for the little guy. Am I not the first to notice that the colours of your poncho and Flora seem to harmonize? Or is it just the camera?

  70. Dear Wendy,

    It’s a good thing I didn’t read the comments to Patric and Carole on Friday. Patric would have been spitting mad that such things would have been said. I can just see him walking through the house sputtering half sentences… ;) Carole would be shaking her head, saying there should be a law or something…

    You are generosity itself with all of the charity work you have already done, with the sharing of your knowledge and, well, just everything.

    We love the knitting you do. The pictures are always so great. And we all love to see Miss Lucy, she’s just so sweet.

    So thank you from all of us for being who you are and sharing this little bit of yourself with us everyday. Merci! Merci! Merci! oxoxox

  71. I am always a little shocked at the actions of people. Maybe this will be a learning experiance for him. or maybe not. Wendy, you are top shelf.

  72. Jennifer in Dallas says:

    Please keep up the great work. You have many fans who don’t e-mail you or post much in the comments (as Austin did) because we want you to have more time to knit and blog. I’ve been reading this blog for a year and recently realized I’ve never met a Wendy I didn’t like.
    Enjoy the steek-cutting extravaganza. Someday, I bet it will be a live streaming-video sort of event on a blog like this!

  73. Wendy,
    Rock On. Sister! I wouldn’t have had the courage to knit cables if it hadn’t been for you and that addictive catnip mousie pattern! Thank you for all that you do! Every, single, little bit!

  74. Ann Marie says:

    I’m a new knitter (although a long-time needleworker) who was fortunate enough to have found your blog by chance. You have inspired me, entertained me, and, in a way, validated my new obsession with knitting. I may never overcome my fear and trepidation long enough to knit a Fair Isle, but I can revel in your creations and profit by your incredibly generous advice. Thank you.

  75. Hi Wendy, No I’m not into knitting, I just make stained glass windows (boring really). I have a friend called Wendy who has just started a blog page, but she is very down because practically nobody visits (sob) She is into knitting(I think) and sewing etc. Please take a look at her page and leave a word, it is at http://uk.geocities.com/wendy_ascham. It will make her day. Dont tell her I put you up to it. Tnx!

  76. Good grief. I bet that kid ends up dating one of my daughters. Two million hits a month? That’s 24 million opportunities for a snarky message in a year. You only got one? That’s a pretty good track record. Forget him.

  77. Wendy, you do an insane amount of knitting for someone with a schedule like yours. I don’t know how you do it, and I am continually impressed by the wonderful things you produce. You were right in telling Austin where to go, although I do agree that you didn’t really need to respond to him.

    I read your blog for updates on what you’re doing, as well as ideas for things I can do. Not to mention the gorgeous Lucy. Keep up the good work! Tons of us out here love you.

  78. Yeesh. You never need explain yourself to the rest of us! (Here’s hoping that I never become so popular!) Keep bloggin’ chickadee!

  79. Wow… it’s a busy place here today!

    What a shame that Austin never learned any manners.

    The bad little boy needs to have a time out in the corner and think about what he’s said.

    How infantile.

  80. Wendy… as far as the “Austin”s of the world and the nasty messages that you get from time to time…. Don’t you dare think on it another minute.

    To the “Austin”s of the world, I say… what-ev-ah. (and if that doesn’t work I remind them that I am bigger, meaner and far quicker on my feet, so if they wanna bring it.. let em. It will be fun.)

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